Cardinals score 2 in 9th, top Giants in playoff chase

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Mike Leake puts down a sacrifice bunt against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Kolten Wong hit a sacrifice fly that capped a two-run comeback in the ninth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied for a big win in their playoff chase, beating the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Saturday night.

The Cardinals had lost three straight and held a team meeting prior to the game. Their win further tightened the NL wild-card race – the Giants and Mets are tied for the top two spots, with the Cardinals trailing by two games.

Jedd Gyorko singled with one out in the ninth off Sergio Romo. Santiago Casilla (2-5) walked Yadier Molina before Randal Grichuk hit a tying single.

Jose Martinez, pinch-running for Molina, took third on the hit and easily scored on Wong's fly.

Seung Hwan Oh (5-3) retired six batters for the win.